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Basic Empanadas

Recipe photo courtesy of Minh + Wass

These tasty and convenient Latin-American-style turnovers can be frozen for up to three months, individually wrapped in plastic and placed in resealable plastic bags. There's no need to thaw before baking, they can go right from the freezer to the oven.

Source: Everyday Food, April 2004
Total Time Prep Servings


For the Filling

For the Dough


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  • cafepatagoniafo
    29 JUL, 2017
    If you want Empanadas in the San Francisco area you can get them catered by Café Patagonia Foods at
  • mates4u
    7 JUN, 2017
    If you are lazy to made this recipe, you can order online frozen empanadas at 4mates empanadas (­au) and cook them later at home.
  • kbarber414
    15 MAY, 2017
    What is calorie count on these? Any nutrition facts would be great!!
  • arixxolpzxoicl
    29 JAN, 2017
    I don't know where I went wrong but I added all the right ingredients and this damn recipe made 15 fucking empanadas! I have a family of 4, how the hell are we supposed to eat 15 when we can barely eat one! I am so angry right now. Anyone want one?
    • kathleenannen
      31 JUL, 2017
      Get a grip! Do you have a freezer?
  • littlefeetoffury
    10 MAY, 2012
    Another great recipe from! I didn't use the jalapenos in my version, and I added whole kernal corn to mine. Next time I plan on adding sauteed bell peppers as well! My boyfriend, who is a very "meat & potatoes" kind-of-guy, went absolutely crazy for these! The dough recipe provided is just perfect!
  • annie_cz
    5 NOV, 2011
    Simply the best. They are perfect for the freezer. In summertime I reheat them in an aluminium foil over the BBQ
  • JLA
    8 OCT, 2008
    These are really good! I'm not very good at rolling out the dough and they don't look very pretty but they taste great.
  • mg0nzalez
    29 JUN, 2008
    Really good!!! I made these with a Filipino Lumpia filling instead of the filling in the recipe. i made these for my husband who works in construction, they're perfect for him to take for lunch. :)
  • CeciliaMaria
    23 APR, 2008
    Try this recipe using cornmeal. It is delicious! Add a little bit of milk when you are preparing this dough. Your empanadas will be more crunchy.
  • kudani
    22 APR, 2008
    You can also use frozen pie crusts (Trader Joe's has the best in a pinch for time) which will make this dish fast and delicious!

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